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welcome to welcome to "world news." tonight, clear the air. the world gathers to address global warming while the u.s. declares that greenhouse gases are a threat to the nation's health. car are cancer. a new report shows the number of new cases and delts from the weather common cancers continues to fall. toy troubles. a consumer group questions the safety of one the season's most popular toys. and the town returns to its young people to keep an old movie theater going. good evening.
for decades many people have thought it and today the government said it. greenhouse gases are dangerous to the public's health. such a decree could have an enormous effect on everyone's lives. critics say it is misguided and it will cost money and jobs just as the economy is struning to gain its footing and it comes as delegates have one of the largest climate meetings in history. we begin with david wright in washington. >> good evening. today, the epa made a statement with huge implications. head to it announced it reviewed the science and determined that carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases are harmful to people.
>> this administration will not ignore science or the law any longer, nor will we avoid the responsibility we owe to our children and our grandchildren. >> reporter: with that, today, the epa administrator ruled that six greenhouse gasses constitute toxic air pollution and are therefore subject to regulation under the clean air act. >> the clean air act sets out a simple premise, which is, once you know you have pollution and once you know it's endangering human health and welfare, then the epa must act. >> reporter: the epa now has unilateral authority to act, including setting new carbon emission standards for power plants, factories and cars, even if congress fails to act. >> what it says to the rest of the world is that although congress has not succeeded in passing the big piece of climate legislation, nevertheless, the united states is prepared to move forward in dealing with carbon dioxide. >> reporter: today, some republicans accused the administration of doing an end-run around congress, which is still debating a climate bill. >> today, the american public are getting a raw deal.
all cost and no benefit. yet, the obama administration is moving forward anyway. >> reporter: industry groups also strongly object, saying the epa's action could damage the economy and send jobs overseas. where environmental regulations may be lax. >> i've heard from every industry sector. i've heard from utilities, i've heard from large manufacturers, i've heard from small manufacturers. there is significant concern from every single manufacturing sector out there. >> reporter: among those with the most at stake, coal-fired power plants. american electric power is one of the nation's largest utilities, with 5 million customers in 11 states. >> i make the energy today for about four cents a kilowatt hour. this will take it up somewhere just south of eight cents a kilowatt hour. >> reporter: costs, the company says, it would pass on to customers. supporters say it would not hurt the economy, that it could create jobs. in any case, they plan to work with them in the future. >> all right, david wright,
thanks. teed's announcement comes as delegates gather around the world in copenhagen for the largest global warming meeting in history. those concerned about global warming say if anything is to be done, it will be done there. bob woodruff is in copenhagen. >> welcome to copenhagen. >> reporter: facing a clock same say has ticked down to zero, today, 192 nations came together to take on a potential global catastrophe. >> this is our chance. if we miss this one, it could take years before we get a new and better one. >> reporter: delegates began hammering out the details of an agreement that would move away from the fossil fuel pollution that is warming the planet. president obama will offer a 17% cut in emotions by 2020 and 83% by 2050. developing nations including india and china are proposing their own cuts. but they are not deep enough,
skin cysts say. >> there is a limit to how much gases you can put in and mother nature bats last >> reporter: another major . issue -- financing. the u.n. saying poor nations need tens of billions of dollars every year to help adapt to everything from rising sea level to dying crops. today, there was also an effort to derail the talks. saudi arabia claimed a series of stolen e-mails, in which climate scientists appear to fudge data, undermine the need to act on global warming. climate change deniers say these e-mails are proof humans aren't causing global warming. u.s. officials say the evidence proves otherwise. >> the science is incredibly robust. as we look forward, i worry much, mump more about not acting ur generally than mori about what ultimately will be a small lip. >> reporter: one thing the u.s. has in its favor here in copenhagen is a new president with star power who is more willing than his predecessor to
negotiate a climate treaty. they hope to address climate change and have the momentum to get there. bob woodruff, copenhagen. in other news, the obama administration said today the government's financial rescue plan, t.a.r.p. s going to cost the government $200 billion less than projected. the banks are paying back loans faster than expected. the government doesn't get $200 billion wind falls often. right away there is a debate on how into spend the money. jake tapper is at the white house. >> that's right. president obama talked about juicing the money for job creation, igniting a fierce debate. in august, the obama administration estimated the cost of the troubled asset relief program, or t.a.r.p., to be $341 billion. but in a report issued to congress today, officials say,
t.a.r.p. will cost less, $141 billion. >> t.a.r.p. has turned out to be much cheaper than we had expected, although not cheap. >> and that's going to create very substantial resources for the president and the congress to devote to the immediate priorities to the country. >> reporter: what can be done with this $200 billion? today, the president said that in addition to paying down the deficit, he might use this money to help small businesses hire. >> they cannot get the loins they need to make capital investments to allow them to expand employment. that is one area to make a difference. >> reporter: republicans, however, say the money should only go towards reducing the deficit. >> for this president or this democratic congress to propose using t.a.r.p. funds for anything other than deficit reduction is simply a violation of the law. >> we've got hundreds of billions of dollars there used as a slush fund. >> reporter: while officials tell abc news that the report
also states that that t.a.r.p. should ultimately turn a profit of roughly $20 billion from money invested in banks and returned -- and lose roughly 460 billion total from investments in insurance giant aig and u.s. automakers. >> $700 billion in t.a.r.p. funds, how much are the american people going to get back do you think? >> you're going to see there are substantial risks of losses still ahead although a fraction of what we initially estimated. >> reporter: and charlie, tomorrow, president obama will give a major address on jobs in which he'll talk about this issue. >> jake tapper at the white house, thanks to you. the government has filed terrorism charges against a chicago man for his role in the 2008 attacks in mumbai, india. david headley is a u.s. citizen born in pakistan who trained with the terrorists in mumbai. he spent two years conducting surveillance. he was already in a u.s. prison. he's now charged with murdering
six americans among the 175 people killed. the joints chiefs of staff chairman said the u.s. has 18 to 24 months to turn the situation around in afghanistan. he told 1500 marines about to be deployed, this is the most dangerous time i have seen in four decades in uniform. i expect a fight in 2010. troops already on the ground would no doubt agree. miguel mar squez the only reporter with the marines with the marines in now zad. >> reporter: today, marines went on the hunt for taliban insurgents on the run. in the fight for the city of now zad, the show of force has been so overwhelming most insurgents left town fast. and they left behind weapons along with huge caches of bomb making material. we're now in a small town just south of now zad.
they believe they have fled north of this village. they are looking for insurgents but also for weapons. >> reporter: when they found these rocket propelled grenades and guns afghan security forces wanted keep them for themselves. marines wanted to blow them up. look, says a policeman, i have only one clip of ammunition. i could use those bullets right there. frustrated afghan forces walked off the job in protest but then returned. marines and afghan forces still learning hot to work with each other. marines are moving fast to establish control, already building at least five checkpoints and outposts in an around now zad. >> it's a show of faith that we are going to be here for them that's one of the reasons we are moving right in the people. they will see we will be here. >> reporter: today in the nearby town of changowlak, the marines
pushed their advantage in another way. >> i'm gonna give you back what the taliban took away, but you gotta keep it. >> they publicly vouched for the men. >> we have to get rid of all the taliban. >> tonight stlarks a foothold on the ground. now the hard part, keeping it. miguel marquez, abc news. still overseas in iran, tens of thousands of students took to the streets in a government holiday n the largest demonstrations since the unrest last summer. they chanted "death to the dictator" and waved flags a protest against the regime. still ahead on "world news," trouble in toyland, a consumer groups questions the safety of the season's hottest toy. the most encouraging news on cancer. a closer look tonight. and how high school students
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but then a concern the zhu zhus have safety problems. here is andrea canning. >> reporter: it was a splash of cold water on the season's hottest toy. the consumer group good guide claimed its tests found high levels of a potentially dangerous metal in the little electronic hamsters. suddenly the must-have toy of the year turned into a point of worry. you've heard the news, what do you do as a parent? >> i told him it's not going to happen this year because it's very dangerous. >> it's just a toy. i prefer not to go near it than take the risk. >> reporter: but there's more to the story. it turns out experts say good guide used a different test that didn't meet u.s. government or toy industry standards. the group used a test that tries to determine if the substance was in the toy. the industry and the government rely on a different test that checks to see if that substance is actually rubbing off the toy, on the skin and in the mouth. late today good guide, which is a for profit website, issued a
statement, "while we accurately reported the chemical levels in the toys using out testing method, we should not have compared our results to federal standards. we regret this error." the yeo of the maker of zhu zhu pets, who said they tested them using the government standard and found them to be safe, responded saying, "i am pleased that good guide has issued a clarification and acknowledged that their testing is 'different from the testing methodology' used by the u.s. and the e.u. and has led to 'confusion' about their research. the toy is 100% safe." analysts this afternoon predicted zhu zhu pets will survive the scare mostly unscathed. >> i don't think will is going to going to be an impact on the zhu zhu pets. people still want them. they are the hardest thing to get. >> reporter: today, the u.s. government says it will test the pets and does not consider them unsafer. so, the biggest worry for parents remains, where do i find one? andrea canning, abc news, new york. it's been a sol lum december
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we're going take a closer look tonight at a national cancer ins institute report out today that shows gains are made in the war on cancer. the rate of cancer deaths, down. it's estimated almost 1.5 million americans will get a diagnosis this year and more than 250,000 will die for the disease. sobering statistics for sure. but an improvement on years past. here is john mckenzie. >> reporter: this latest report is the most encouraging yet, with a clear trend now developing. on almost every major front, americans are gaining ground in the war on cancer. >> this is evidence that a number of the cancer control efforts that people have been
advocating the past 20 years are actually bearing fruit. >> reporter: while new cases of less common cancers continue to grow, among the four biggest cancer killers, new cases are now falling year after year. new cases of lung cancer dropping .8% a year. breast cancer, down 2% a year. prostate cancer down 2.4%. and colorectal cancer, falling 2.5% a year. >> i think the rate of decline is what is really surprising in this report, and actually enormously encouraging. >> reporter: the focus of this year's report is on colorectal cancer which kills 50,000 americans each year. and for the first time, the report tries to explain what's behind the numbers. researchers conclude about half of the decline in now colorectal cancer cases is due to behavior. eating less red meat, less smoking, an under appreciated risk factor for this disease, and greater use of aspirin, calcium and folate. and half the decline is due to more screening. one area of concern, the number of colorectal cancers in
americans younger than 50 is now growing, and no one knows why. >> we need to identify who is at greater risk for developing the cancer, then screening them intensively at an earlier age. >> reporter: while deaths from colorectal and other cancers are declining, with healthier lifestyles and more people getting screened, the death toll can be cut in half in the next ten years. john mckenzie, abc news, new york. if you're looking for specific information on cancer, we put a link on our blog. up next, the young movie ent present neuros. making sure that the show goes on. and look at me - i'm blank. i got nothing. that's when i had it with frequent heartburn. that's when i got prevacid®24hr...
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>> reporter: a night at the movies in oakley, kansas. no big deal, you think? well, consider this. a decade ago, this theatre was shut down. big loss for a small town. and then -- >> the gentleman that owned the theater, the building, got ahold of us and offered to sell it to us. >> reporter: bruce campbell and friends talked about buying the theater, no one had the money. >> "oh, i'm not going to do it." "you going to do it?" "i'm not going to do it." >> and i think there was a three second pause and bruce said, "let's do it." >> we put on the marquee one day, "we're working tonight, need help." and people came in. >> 20, 30 people showed up. >> reporter: saving the theatre was quite an accomplishment. but what they are most proud of is who they got to run the theatre. the town's high school skids. teenagers run this theatre, top
to bottom. they choose the films, collect the money, make the popcorn, sell the ads and pay the bills, together. >> this is real. >> real life, real money. you're paying real bills. >> i was terrified. >> reporter: jim keenan was the teacher of the high school business entrepreneur class, asked six years ago to allow his students run the theatre. >> i always told them, if it's going to get done, it's because you did it. if it doesn't get done, it's because you didn't do it. >> reporter: on opening nights, crowds filled the theatre. >> i mean, we were putting folding chairs in the back of the theater and the popcorn machine wouldn't keep up. but it worked. >> yep, it worked. >> reporter: it means risk and more work, but that's okay. >> i can handle more than i thought i could. >> you do one thing at a time, step by step. >> do what you can. >> work hard. >> you can. >> reporter: that is a very big deal here. look at what these kids are capable of. >> given the opportunity, the